The Goodwood Hillclimb has claimed an ultra-rare Ford RS200 Evolution 2. Former rallycross racer Pat Doran was driving his Group-B-era rally machine up the 1.16-mile course when he lost control and slammed the rear end into the hay bails. Doran was fine and even bowed to the crowd after getting out of the car. However, the impact sent big chunks of the Ford’s bodywork into the air.

In a post on Facebook, Doran described the crash: “Unfortunately at the top of the hill the brakes locked up with the high speed, and from there I think everyone saw what resulted.... I am ok but with the excessive amount of panel damage we are just working out our opinions and to see if 'Rosie' will be able to go up the hill again this year. Would be very disappointed if we cannot continue.”

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In the video, Doran briefly appears to catch the slide. It's possible that with more room, he might have avoided the crash.

Ford created only 24 examples of the RS200 Evolution – an initial run of 20 and 4 more later. The biggest powertrain update was replacing the standard mid-mounted 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with a 2.1-liter turbo engine that made 600 horsepower. Improvements to the suspension and brakes accompanied the bigger powerplant. 

It’s good that Doran’s car might be repairable because replacing an RS200 Evo would be quite an expensive bill. For example, RM Sotheby’s sold one for $522,500 at Amelia Island in 2016, and Gooding and Company got $539,000 for an example at Pebble Beach in 2015. There’s something very admirable about a driver who’s willing to push such a rare and expensive vehicle so hard in front of the crowd.

Source: Goodwood Road & Racing via YouTube, Facebook

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